|Harrisburg, PA – Whether you’re a novice or a paddling pro, you are invited to bring your family to “Paddle with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission,” a free event which will take place at Memorial Lake State Park in Lebanon County on Monday, July 11, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Those who are interested in kayaks or stand-up paddleboards will get the opportunity to try them, courtesy of the PFBC, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and local boat dealers.
“This family-oriented event will provide kids and adults with instruction on boating safety, paddling techniques and how to be safe while on the water,” said Laurel Anders, director of the PFBC’s Bureau of Boating and Access. “We recommend that participants bring a lightweight windbreaker, sun hat, sandals or paddling footwear, sunglasses and sunscreen. Because of the nature of kayaking and paddleboarding, participants should plan to get wet and should bring a dry change of clothes.”
Individuals who prefer to stay on land can enjoy several interactive displays, including proper life jacket fitting and throwbag practice. Waterways conservation officers will be on hand to answer questions. Free items for all attendees include boating safety brochures and stickers, the Wear It! pledge card, maps and whistles.
Pre-registered participants will learn key navigation rules and basic paddling strokes from paddling instructors. All boating equipment and life jackets will be provided and multiple paddling sessions will be running during the two-hour event. Paddling participants must pre-register for a time-slot and complete free safety instruction on-site before going on the water. To pre-register for group instruction, call 717.705.7834. Registrations will be accepted through July 8.
Memorial Lake State Park is near the base of Blue Mountain in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. The park is surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gap, the headquarters for the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard.
The mission of the Fish and Boat Commission is to protect, conserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s aquatic resources and provide fishing and boating opportunities. For more information about fishing and boating in Pennsylvania, please visit our website at fishandboat.com.